The Story Behind the Banana Split

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The Story Behind the Banana Split

Curious how the banana split came to be? Check out our slideshow to find out the story behind the classic treat.

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Did you know that the classic banana split was made with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream? Pineapple topping was served over the vanilla scoop, chocolate over the chocolate and strawberry over the strawberry scoop. Nuts, whipped cream and of course, maraschino cherries over top completed the sundaes.

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Did you know the original banana split cost 10 cents? That was double the price of a traditional sundae during 1904.

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David Evans Strickler went on to purchase the pharmacy where he interned, renaming it Strickler's Pharmacy.

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Reportedly, two others--one in Wilmington, Ohio and one in Boston, Massachusetts--claimed they too, invented the banana split. However, the city of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where banana splits were founded, celebrated the split's 100th anniversary in 2004, and the National Ice Cream Retailers Associated recognized and certified Latrobe as the official birthplace.

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Did you know back in the early 1900s, bananas were a novelty? Bananas were the new tropical fruit. Previous to their arrival, importers had difficulty shipping bananas without spoiling the fruit.

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The banana split served at Dairy Queen has around 510 calories, 12 grams of fat, and over 82 grams of sugar.

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There's something about a traditional banana split that gets our heart racing. Could it be the scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream? Maybe it's the whipped cream and warm, tantalizing chocolate sauce? And, don't forget the signature cherry on top. A classic split isn't the same without it. Nuts? Sure, why not. Fruit? Throw that on top as well.

For well over a century, banana splits have been an essential part of American culture. Devoured post-baseball games, at trips to the local mom-and-pop shop or at the pharmacy around the corner, there's simply no wrong time to partake in the split experience.

So, where did this delectable treat come from? How long has it been around?

According to sources such as, banana splits came to life in 1904. Created by David Evans Strickler, a young 23-year-old apprentice at a pharmacy in Pennsylvania, these dishes served in boat-like containers spread like wildfire after becoming popular with local college students. Strickler reportedly loved creating new sundaes. While Strickler was its originator, Walgreens is ultimately credited with spreading banana split's popularity after adopting the dish as its signature dessert.

We know one thing is for certain; you better eat your banana split in a lickety-split; they're so tempting, others will surely reach for a spoon and help themselves!

Want to learn more fun and interesting facts about banana splits? Check out our slideshow above!

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